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Accepting applications

Rocky Mountain SER Head Start, a free preschool, is now taking applications for the 2013-14 program year. If you have a child that is 3 or 4 years old, call 970-243-9318.

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History lesson

A short class on Unitarian-Universalist history will be offered 2:30-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at 1425 N. Fifth St.



This class is a condensed history of Unitarianism from the Protestant Reformation, the journey from Europe to America, beginnings of Universalism in America, prominent Unitarians (including U.S. presidents, authors and Nobel laureates), and core beliefs and values.

Child care will be provided. The event is open to the public. For information, call 970-712-8684 or http://www.uucgv.org.

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Vroom, vroom!

The 34th annual Harley Owners Group Toy Run is set for Saturday, Dec. 7, in Grand Junction. Registration will be from 9-11:30 a.m. at GJ Harley Davidson, 2787 Crossroads Blvd.

The entry is an unwrapped, new toy. At noon, Santa will lead the pack to the Grand Mesa Middle School parking lot, where participants will hand toys off to the Salvation Army who will distribute them.

The route will be mainly on Patterson so be on the lookout. Last year, nearly 800 motorcycles participated.

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An early Christmas gift

Powderhorn Mountain Resort is opening early for the 2013-14 season Thursday, Dec. 12.

Four lifts are expected to be operating and more than 50% of terrain open. Chairlifts will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., seven days per week. The Sunset Grill and the new West End Grill and the Ski and Ride Center also will be open. The Tubing Hill opening will be announced in the coming weeks.

Another 12 to 24 inches of snow is expected in the area this week, just in time for opening day. For current conditions and snow updates, visit the resort website at http://www.powderhorn.com/snow-report. For weather updates, bookmark OpenSnow.com and weather guru Joel Gratz’s mountain forecasts for Colorado at http://opensnow.com/dailysnow/colorado.

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Connect with other caregivers for support

The Caregiver Connection Registry (CCRegistry) is looking to connect caregivers in the area. The registry allows caregivers to share experiences, develop support networks, and enjoy a few hours a month of respite. CCRegistry is a voluntary database of family/friend caregivers who are caring for a loved one with a chronic illness or disease in Mesa County.

Caregivers can sign up by calling Western Colorado 211/ARCH.

Once enrolled, they can request by phone, email or mail a list of other enrolled caregivers with similar circumstances. Caregivers then make their own connections and/or attend the sponsored special connection events.

The CCRegistry schedules monthly events at various locations to offer caregivers a venue for socializing. The next CCRegistry meeting is planned for 10-11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, at the Mesa County Dept. of Human Services bldg., 510 29 ½ Road, room 1060. For more information, call Linette Perez at 970-248-2851.

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CMU gets top ranking

Colorado Mesa University was the highest ranked of any public liberal arts school in Colorado by Washington Monthly magazine. On a national scale, CMU was ranked 168 out of 255 liberal arts colleges and universities in the country in the magazine’s 2013 college rankings edition.

The 1,572 institutions of higher education that were considered by Washington Monthly included public, private nonprofit and for-profit schools. The schools were scored in three categories — social mobility, research and service. CMU scored well in the service category, which considered such things as the number of students who participated in service to the community and the number of hours spent doing so. The scoring took into account CMU being named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

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Chili is on

The annual Redlands Chili Supper & Cake Raffle is planned from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, at Redlands Middle School, 2200 Broadway.

All-you-can-eat is served up for $7/adults and $5/kids ages 7-17. Potato soup is also available if chili is not your thing.

This family-fun event has fed and entertained the community for years. Proceeds stay with the local club and are given back to the community through various service projects, many which benefit the sight-impaired.

A savory, hot bowl of chili sounds about right now given the freezing temps.


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